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How to Get from Arusha Airport to Serengeti

Sitting between Tanzania and Kenya, 380 km north of Arusha Airport, the immense Serengeti plains, or ‘endless plains’ in the Maa language, cover an area of 60,000 km². This region is considered one of the cradles of humanity and is home to the Serengeti National Park, listed as a World Heritage Site. A migration hotspot where millions of buffalo, zebra, gazelle and eland cross paths, the park is one of the most beautiful safari destinations in the world.

By road, a taxi or private transfer is the only way to travel from Arusha Airport to Serengeti. Taking at least 8 hours, this journey is long but well worth the once-in-a-lifetime experience!

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How to get from Arusha Airport to Serengeti by taxi

To get to Serengeti, you have to arrange your transfer with a reputable taxi company. Given the journey’s length and the road’s state, opt for a vehicle that offers the greatest comfort possible.

If you are planning to visit the Serengeti National Park, you can organise your transfer from Arusha Airport with one of the companies specialising in safaris in Tanzania. They all offer packages including transport, accommodation and a visit to the park. Generally, with these companies, the transfer from Arusha Airport to Serengeti will be in two legs, with an overnight stop en route.

If you want to travel directly to Serengeti and enjoy a comfortable transfer with a local English-speaking driver, pre-book your trip with Welcome Pickups.

How much is a taxi from Arusha Airport to Serengeti?

The taxi cost from Arusha Airport to Serengeti varies according to your chosen company. Fares also depend on the type of vehicle, the number of passengers and luggage, and any supplements.

It is best to ask for quotes in advance to compare offers, particularly the comfort level and services on offer. A trip from Arusha Airport to Serengeti costs an average of €280 (TSZ 762,200) for a standard vehicle accommodating 3 people.

With Welcome Pickups, you can pre-book your private transfer in 60 seconds and receive the price immediately. The fare is fixed, transparent, and free of extra charge.



Trip Duration

8 Hrs.

Taxis and private transfers are available on-demand for an agreed pick-up day and time.

Value for Money

Taxis are available 24/7 from Arusha Airport.

Where do I get a taxi from?

Your driver will be waiting for you in the main hall at Arusha Airport. As the airport is small, you’ll have no problem recognising them.


If you’re planning a trip to Serengeti from Arusha Airport, taking a taxi or a private transfer is best as it’s the fastest road transport option available. This is especially recommended if you want to reach your destination quickly and comfortably. To ensure a comfortable ride, opt for an air-conditioned vehicle with ample legroom, as the journey is long.

Editor’s Note

The Tanzanian shilling (TSZ) is the official currency of Tanzania, but US dollars are also commonly accepted. If you prefer, you can use US dollars to pay for your taxi fare.

Useful Tips

If you opt for direct transport, check the type of vehicle offered and the number of passengers and people allowed. Also, look out for any extra charges to avoid unpleasant surprises.
Make sure you bring enough water and food for the whole journey.

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Book a trained, English-speaking taxi driver to pick you up at the same price as a regular cab from the line

If you feel more relaxed knowing that somebody is waiting for you, you may as well book a Welcome Pickups transfer. As soon as you arrive at the airport you will be greeted by your driver. He will be waiting for you at the terminal of your arrival with a sign that has your name on it. Your driver will help you out with your luggage and together you will make your way to the vehicle. While he is driving you to your accommodation, the driver can give you some tips and recommendations on what to do during your holidays in Arusha. Our drivers are hand-picked and speak fluent English. No need to worry about miscommunication issues that you may face with the local taxi drivers regarding your destination. Relax and enjoy your ride.

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Frequently asked questions

How can I get from Arusha Airport to Serengeti?

You can book a taxi or private transfer to Serengeti from Arusha Airport. This is a long journey of at least 8 hours, so it’s advisable to book a modern vehicle with air conditioning, comfortable seating, and plenty of space.  

What is the distance from Arusha Airport to Serengeti?

Serengeti is 380 km north of Arusha Airport, on the border with Kenya. The journey by car takes at least 8 hours.

How much is a taxi from Arusha Airport to Serengeti?

The taxi price from Arusha Airport to Serengeti varies according to the transport company and the type of vehicle. On average, you should expect to pay a minimum of €280 (TSZ 762,200) for this scenic journey.

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